The mother of Mekhi James holds a photo of her son at a vigil for shooting victims in Austin. Pascal Sabino / Block Club Chicago

After Children Killed On West Side, Officials And Activists Debate: Can Defunding Police Save More Lives?

People on both sides of the police funding debate say there must be more funding for jobs, schools and mental health in disinvested neighborhoods to stop violence.

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Eden In Near West Side Closing Because Of Coronavirus Pandemic

Co-owner Jodi Fyfe and chef/owner Devon Quinn will close the restaurant this weekend after more three years in business.

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As Illinois Reports 25 More Coronavirus Deaths, Chicago’s Top Doctor Warns City ‘Not Immune’ To Surge

Dr. Allison Arwady said she's concerned Chicago is starting to see its coronavirus numbers rise.

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City Colleges Students Who Had To Drop Out Due To Debt Can Now Get It Cleared And Return To Class

A new program, called Fresh Start, will allow about 21,000 people to return to class if they were previously unable to do so because they had debt they couldn't pay.